A competitive field of nine entrants was taken by Racing Secretary Ben Huffman for Saturday's $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) scheduled to be run at a 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland main track. Eight of the nine horses entered are already stakes winners, six of which were graded wins.
It was a chaotic Monday morning on the Belmont work tab, with 21 Breeders' Cup horses having their final tune-ups for the World Thoroughbred Championships. And over at Aqueduct, Rick Dutrow worked his two Breeders' Cup horses, Saint Liam and Silver Train.
With trainer Tom Tomillo looking on, Lord of the Game put in his final major prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) by working four furlongs in :46 Monday morning at Belmont Park.
Lord of the Game, a $10,000 claim who has gone on to become a grade II winner and bankroll nearly $540,000, worked Thursday morning over a fast track at Hawthorne Racecourse under jockey Eusebio Razo, as he prepares for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. II).
Millennium Farms' Super Frolic, making his second start for Southern California trainer Vladimir Cerin, wore down Lord of the Game in the final furlong to win the $750,000 Hawthone Gold Cup (gr. II) on a slick course in Chicago Saturday.
Robert Bone's Desert Boom, a grade III winner in his last start, broke on top and never looked back in capturing the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the central attraction of Saturday's annual series of races for Thoroughbred racing's blue collar workers at Canterbury Park.
Lord of the Game and Desert Boom highlight a field of six pointed toward Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, going 1 1/8 miles at Canterbury Park.
In an NTRA teleconference call with members of the national turf media Tuesday, Bill Slevin, owner of Lord of the Game, and Tom Tomillo, trainer of the 4-year-old Saint Ballado colt, discussed the fortuitous $10,000 December claim that so far has spawned six wins--including a grade II--and earnings of more than $300,000.
Lord of the Game, recent winner of the Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Prairie Meadows, headlines a solid group of 93 horses pre-entered for the 2005 Claiming Crown to be run July 16 at Canterbury Park.
William Slevin's 4-year-old colt Lord of the Game pounded home to win Saturday's $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by a head over three tightly-bunched finishers,.
Lord of the Game, claimed for $10,000 out of his first start on Dec. 31, earned the biggest tally of his brief career when he rallied from off a quick pace to capture the Hanshin Cup (gr. III) by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park.
Multiple graded stakes-winning Pollard's Vision, ridden by John Velazquez, challenged the 1-2 favorite Badge of Silver and Jerry Bailey in the stretch and drew away to a 1 1/4-length victory under a brisk hand ride in Saturday's $242,500 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne.
Badge of Silver carries a special distinction going into the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) April 23 at Hawthorne.
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